Fresh expenses claims emerge

A total of 27 MPs are letting out property they have in London while claiming Commons expenses of up to £20,000 a year to rent homes, it has emerged.

An investigation by the Daily Telegraph using parliamentary records found former ministers were among the group that received taxpayer funding to live in the capital.

The move does not break any parliamentary rules but is likely to fuel calls for expenses rules to be toughened up.

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MPs allowed expenses secrecy

More than 50 MPs have been allowed to keep the name of their landlord secret on security grounds. The expenses watchdog has published a list of landlords who are paid taxpayer-funded rent by MPs after a freedom of information request.